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Clinton warns US will act against Somali militants

Clinton warns US will act against Somali militants
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Thursday that Washington will look to act against Somali militant and pirate groups deemed as a threat to regional security.

Clinton made her remarks at an international conference on the future of Somalia in London hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

She also said the US would not tolerate those who sought to block and hinder political reforms aimed at ending years of conflict in the country.

“The position of the United States is straightforward: attempts to obstruct progress and maintain the broken status quo will not be tolerated,” Clinton told delegates.

“We will encourage the international community to impose further sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes on people inside and outside the TFG who seek to undermine Somalia’s peace and security or to delay or even prevent the political transition.”

Clinton joined representatives of more than 40 countries and international organisations in discussing how to restore stability to Somalia.

Somalia’s interim president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, also took part.

Somalia has been wracked by civil war between a weak central government and Islamist militants for two decades.

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